Washington—Today, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett was named the 2013 Recipient of the Bud Cramer Award from the National Children’s Alliance. The Alliance is a professional membership organization made up of thousands of child advocacy organizations across the country, including ChildSafe in San Antonio and the Center for Children Protection, the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, and the University of Texas’ Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Austin, dedicated to helping local communities respond to allegations of child abuse in ways that are effective and efficient.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the Alliance, such a dedicated group of advocates who deserve much more recognition than they receive for the work they do in our communities and here in Washington,” Rep. Doggett said.
Pictured with Kim Abernethy and Randy McGibeny of ChildSafe, Michael Torres of the Center for Child Protection, and Karen Kalergis of UT Austin.
Rep. Doggett was honored for his work as the Ranking Member of the Human Resources Subcommittee, which oversees issues related to child care, child and family services, child support, foster care, and adoption. Earlier this year, President Obama signed into law Rep. Doggett’s Protect Our Kids Act, a bill to establish a national commission to develop recommendations to reduce child abuse and neglect.
“This issue was particularly important to me—Texas has the highest rate of child abuse and neglect fatalities in the nation,” Rep. Doggett said. “We are aware that there are so many, many children across the country who lose their lives or are permanently scarred by abuse from a caretaker. The commission established by the Protect Our Kids Act provides us with the opportunity to establish an accessible blueprint that communities and good organizations like the National Children’s Alliance and its members can use to improve the protection of our most vulnerable children from violence at the hands of abusive parents or caregivers.”